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all. >> 18,000 jobs created and the estimates between 80,000 and 15,000. >> that's right. you got government jobs lost, slashing government jobs. that is something you need to know this morning. that is going to be a big hot topic of political conversation well. eric cantor and john boehner and people issuing press releases the president needs to do more and shows a failure of leadership at the white house. see what the white house has to say later about it. >> the unemployment rate tick up slightly to 9.2%. >> that's going to do it for us. "cnn newsroom" begins right now with kyra phillips. christine, don't go far. we are talking about the disappointing news on the jobs front. >> i won't. labor department reporting only 18,000 jobs were added in june. that is much worse than economists readdicted. of course, those live pictures we can't get enough of. the shuttle is fueled and the crew is suited up but the weather could still cancel today's historic law firm.
we are live at kennedy space center hoping that it will take off in time. an arrest in the huge hacking scandal in britain. the news that the world's former editor and the prime minister's former aide. like we told you, we want to start with the jobless numbers. our christine romans, once again, back with us there in new york. let's talk about is this really as bad as it sounds? >> reporter: look. as one economist said, ian sheped heardson said a big bucket of cold water. 18,000 jobs created overall. the estimates ranged from 80,000 to 125,000. market and economists expected more jobs creation than that. when you dig within the numbers you can see government jobs were shed. wow. thousands. 57,000 private sector jobs created but 39,000 government jobs lost. unemployment rate went up. so this tells you, kyra, bottom
line, that private companies are not confident to hire in big numbers at all and the government, local and state government, because of budget cuts, continue to slash jobs. this is what the trajectory looks like. we have come from massive job losses there over about a year ago 192,000 four months of bad jobs and then you saw job created and it petered out. another thing when we dig into the numbers. you look at the revisions and what prior months were changed either higher or lower and we found another 44,000 jobs we thought had been created weren't. so it was other months revised down about 44,000. manufacturing, construction, temporary services and jobs in these areas were basically flat. i zero odd in on health care jobs created and in line what we have seen month by month. 14,000 in health care. mining,000 jobs and professional and business services 24,000 jobs created there. that is where you saw the job
growth. look how big the numbers are or haw small the numbers are. you need 150,000 jobs created every month, kyra, just to keep up with new people in the population. just new people -- 150,000 is what you need to absorb people. anything above that, then you start lowering the unemployment rate. this is a disappointment and you are seeing the press releases already coming out from eric contor's office and john boehner's office and i'm sure hear from the republican presidential candidates. we will hear from the white house later what they think about these numbers. >> which leads us perfectly to our deputy political director paul steinhauser. we are told getting reaction from republicans. paul, this is what the president has been talking about at every speech and every town hall meeting he has been doing and, still, it's not looking good. >> reporter: and, kyra, as
christine was saying, listen, my e-mail, blackberry bouncing the last few minutes because so many responses from republicans in congress and also republicans running for the white house. we keep saying what the is most important issue on the minds of americans? the economy. what is the most important economic issues? jobs. the first person out of the gate after the release of the report was house speaker john boehner. he said in a statement off the top, the american people are still asking the question, where are the jobs? and his statement was followed by a bunch, a bunch of other top republicans in congress who was the first republican presidential candidate to have a statement, kyra? michele bachmann. the congresswoman from minnesota was equally critical of the president and when it comes to jobs and the american economy. >> it's a mixed bag when you want to ask the question, you know, what do the americans think of the president and how he is doing with regard to jobs. >> reporter: yeah. overall his approval ratings mid to upper 40s but on jobs it's lower. most recent poll take a look at this from bloomberg.
the question asked do you approve or disapprove how the president is handling jobs. you can see the numbers there. not a great number. presidential election still a year and a half away. but, you know, these numbers need to change for the president for his re-election. >> paul steinhauser out of d.c., thanks so much. always get all of the political news 24/7 at cnn/politics.com. it's a historic day for nasa as it gets added drama from mother nature. live pictures now of "atlantis" on the launch pad at kennedy space center. shuttle program's final flight scheduled to blast off in just a little bit more than two hours. but the weather? pretty iffy. cnn's john zarrella and chad myers are there. john, let's start with you. nasa say they are a go for the launch right now, right?
>> reporter: yeah. for now. you know, what would a shuttle launch be, kyra, if it wasn't for a weather issue, right? i recall back in 1988 on the first flight after the "challenger" accident, the flight of "discovery," we were here. it looked like this. no way they were going to go. right before launch, the skies parted. it was clear blue. and "discovery" took off and then 30 minutes later, it was all cloudy again. i think nasa is saying, look. we are going to count this down. we think we've got an opportunity to get off the ground. that's what they are saying. and that is what they are going to go ahead and do. the crew is on board. all four astronauts are seated on the shuttle. they are ready to go. the vehicle is ready to go. there are no issues, at least not with the vehicle. the only thing they are watching right now, kyra, the weather. >> yeah. what are the costs of scrubbing this thing, john? >> reporter: well, you know, a shuttle launch is about half a billion dollars. the turnaround you factor in the
overtime particularly if you're going on a weekend, it's tens of thousands of dollars. when they scrub and they have to turn around. but each launch is $500,000. we no the shuttle program is going away, it's too expensive. >> a costly mission, for sure. john, stand by, please. chad myers, you're over there at the visitors center watching the weather. where are the storms now and how is it looking? >> reporter: well, we had blue skies earlier. they have now clouded over. but we have the latest dp letter radar. nothing headed here. the little dot is where we are. we are in a big black hole with rain. if we take that out of the equation and get these clouds a little bit higher even if they are overcast and they are not as thick as we are right now, this thing will still fly today. somebody just walked by me and said i heard a 30% chance but i'm still here because if hi a 30% chance of winning the
lottery i certainly would have bought a ticket. people are optimistic and looked better than yesterday when it rained here all day long. >> we are keeping our fingers crossed. we have special coverage ahead for sure. chad, thanks. just over two hours till liftoff hopefully. our crews at kennedy space center will keep monitoring the launch preps and weather for us as to stick with us of nasa very last schultz mission. a fan at a texas rangers game was with his young son and he died after falling out of the stands head-first. it was about 20 feet to the ground right there. he was actually trying to catch a foul ball that tossed his way by star outfielder josh hamilton. a fan sitting nearby there talked about what he saw. >> the ball hit his hand. it threw him off balance. he went head-first. i think it was just -- it was -- it was not -- it looked awful
because you knew no way he was going to, you know, land on his feet. he had to -- he disappeared so you couldn't see anything, but the way he fell, it looked like it was just straight on his head. >> players in the oakland a's bull pen said the man was conscious as he was carried out on a stretcher. he even asked somebody to check on his son. something like this also happened last july at the rangers ballpark. another fan fell 30 feet from the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball. that fan tyler morris survived but suffered a fractured skull and a sprained ankle. british phone hacking scandal gets deeper by the day. london police have now arrested the former editor of news of the world, the tabloid accused of breaking into e-mail accounts and bribing police. that editor is the former communications chief for prime minister david cameron who is calling for investigations and reforms. this is a wake-up call.
over the decades, politicians and the press have spent time caughting support and not confronting the problems. well, it's on my watch that the music has stopped. and i'm saying, loud and clear, that things have got to change. >> cnn's dan rivers is following the developments out of london. dan, did this news conference take the pressure off the prime minister? >> reporter: well, no, sir i don't think it does. i think, you know, he was in a pretty difficult position. had he no choice but to admit that, yes, it was his decision to take on this former news of the world editor andy coalson, a decision now, in light of the fact that andy is currently in a police station answering questions about this phone hacking scandal, that decision looks a pretty bad one. i think the prime minister had no real choice but face that and as he said, he took responsibility for it and he is going to kind of live with that decision. i think it is going to be something that will dog him now,
given everything that has happened in the last few days, given that this newspaper behind me now has closed down. basically, out of existence by its own behavior. the question is, you know, will there be other arrests now? already we are being told that another news of the world former staffer is answering questions at another police station right now. we're waiting to find out if other people are now going to be arrested as this police investigation widens. >> we follow along with you. dan rivers, appreciate it. fueled up and fingers crossed with an eye to the sky on the weather as we draw nearer to the final liftoff of the s s space shuttle "atlantis." a lightning strikes a tree near a make-shift memorial for caylee anthony, hours after her mom learned she will be released from prison. in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones,
residents of grand rapts, michigan, recovering from one of the bloodiest days in the city's history. a man wanted to shooting people to death and two more injured led them on a high-speed chase and gun battle and he took hostages from killing himself. hostages not hurt. watsonville, california, faa investigating a plane crash that caught part of the town's community hospital building on fire. crews quickly put out the flames. told the flames skidded into the building and kill both people on board. police in san francisco arrested this guy in connection with a picassa kaicasso theft. they say he strolled into the gallery and walked out with it.
nearby security cameras captured his get-away. looks like casey anthony will spend a little more time in prison than the court first indicated. date of her reese lease changed from july 13th to july 17th. anthony was sentenced to four years in prison for lying to police but she got credit for time served and good behavior. cnn's martin savidge joins us live from orlando. interesting twists coming out with regard to this case, marty. >> reporter: you're right, kyra. this is a story that continues to develop and continues to still baffle people in many different ways. all of the focus lately has been on the jurors and many people, of course, dissatisfied with the verdict they rendered and wondering how it's possible the jurors could do what they did. this raises the issue of trying to identify the jurors. immediately after the verdict all 12 jurors declined to speak to the media. the media isn't necessarily
taking that. they decided to file a suit to goin the identities of the 12 jurors. and that is what was heard in the court yesterday by the judge perry. he very reticent for giving the names out. emotions running high and worried for their safety and knows they are hounded by the media and death threats coming against them. the laws in florida are clear sunshine laws mean you have to release their names at some point. >> reporter: apparently, marty, what i was referring to is that some of the jurors are not welcomed in local restaurants now? signs actually going up around town? >> reporter: yeah. right. this would almost seem to bear out exactly what the judge has been worried about and this is in pinellas county in the clearwater area, which is why the jury was selected from. remember a change of venue as far as they feared you couldn't find enough jurors here who hadn't heard about the case so they went to a neighboring
county. now a restaurant has put up a sign saying the pinellas county jurors are not welcome. they disagreed with the verdict. it's their right, he says, if they want to pick and choose who comes in their place of establishment so they put the sign up. some of their customers agree. some disagree. certainly it is a troubling sign. >> we sort of saved the interesting headline i guess for the last, most interesting, twist in all of this. a lightning strike at the tree where caylee anthony was the memorial site. this happened, apparently, during the sentencing? i mean, this just seems a little too eerie. >> reporter: right. make of this what you will. it occurred yesterday. we have some very stormy weather as you've heard down there in the cape area and same up here and shortly after release date for casey anthony.
a lightning strike. nobody saw it but it did damage to the tree and a tree located in the swampy grove area where caylee anthony's memorial is. what does it mean? somebody taking sides here from above? well, i suppose viewers have to read into it what they will but it is certainly very interesting about the timing. >> it sure is. marty, thanks. coming up, it's the final countdown for "atlantis" and the shuttle program. storms, though, threatening to rain on nasa's prayed. a huge blow to the job market. the unemployment rate rose last month. we will take you live to the new york stock exchange for details.
checking showbiz headlines. abc will continue episodes of canceled soaps. the soaps will be made available online and through internet enabled tv sets. david beckham shows he can handle a camera almost as well as a soccer ball. he took this shot of his wife who is carrying their fourth child. posting it on his facebook page. beckham contends posh didn't know he was taking the picture. chicago sun times says lead candidate to host next february's oscars is oprah winfrey. now her show is over, they say they he will tune in because they have been missing their daily oprah fix. a shocker this morning at wall street. june jobs report came in much worse than expected. only 18,000 positions were added last month and the unemployment
rate actually rose to 9.2%. alison kosik is with the bad news. alison? >> reporter: good morning. you can put it lightly i guess like this. you know, wall street was really stunned by this number. we saw immediate reaction on wall street. futures fell 100 points and fallen a bit lower than that even after hearing hiring slow to do a near standstill last month with the economy gaining only 18,000 positions in june. we expected 125,000. guess how many we need? we need 150 to 200,000 positions just to keep up with population growth. so this came in even weaker than may which may was a shocker in itself. if you remember that. adding insult to injury, even that number in may was revised lower. remember may? initially we heard only 54,000 jobs added to the economy and now that was revised lower to 25,000. even more bad news. unemployment rate ticked up to
9.2%. hard to find anything redeeming in this report. >> what does it mean for us going forward? you have to wonder. >> reporter: i tell you what, this report calls into question a rebound at the end of the year that so many people have talked about. but you know what? fed chief ben bernanke gave us a heads-up to this a few weeks ago. that is a huge worry to hear the fed chairman saying that, even bernanke doesn't know why the economy is slowing down and continuing like this. it's just not good news for the recovery. if people don't have jobs, they are not going to have money to spend. not going to move the economy forward. it leaves these questions as to whether this is a soft patch or something rougher going on here with the economy. >> alison, usually i thank you. i don't know if i should thank you for this news. >> reporter: i know! i wish i had something better to say. >> we will keep our fingers crossed. and keeping our fingers crossed for the crew of "atlantis." the last shuttle launch not a sure thing.
checking top stories. it's pretty ugly, folks. june's jobless rate up to 9.2% and 18,000 jobs were added in month. david cameron calling for an investigation into the news of the world phone hacking scandal and media tight rupert murdoch is shutting down the paper. will and kate's next stop is los angeles. that will happen nine hours from now. they will attend the jobs fair for our vets and an inner city arts school. a lot of fingers crossed
right now in florida. you're looking at live pictures right here of "atlantis" on the launch pad at kennedy space center. the crew is aboard and according to the plan, the hatch has just been closed for liftoff. it's scheduled for 11:26 eastern time but storms are threatening to scrub this historic last launch. ware watching the weather as well. brooke baldwin and carol costello are still there. brooke, all systems go? >> so far all systems are go. i do see some blue skies sort of through the clouds here. that is a good sign if the hatch is closing. so far 11:16 a.m. eastern standard time we should see this 135th and final launch of the space shuttle. qibly. the last major hurdle crossed was 1:30 this morning. we know the fuel tank is full and we have seen the pictures of the crew of four of the "atlantis" sitting nose up so that is also a good sign. finally, the last time i'm told we really need to watch is the
nine-mip mark on the countdown clock. the final hold. it lasts for about half an hour and when the crews get in there and ultimately decide to go, no-go decision. that is the latest in terms of the launch. quickly i'm here at the visitor complex. you see the mock-up of the shuttle behind me. we are hoping to see the shpace shuttle "atlantis" go up and it return to kennedy space center. anyone around the world in 2013 can take a look at the real deal two years right here. hoping tourists continue to come down to cape canaveral. >> perfect segway. our carol costello is in the middle of the action. a lot of people have come out to say so long to the shuttle, right, carol? >> reporter: oh, people told me last night that there would be a million people today and from what it looked like yesterday, because it was raining all day, i said, come on! but take a look.
tht this is a piece of land off the highway. waiting for the people waiting for the shuttle to launch and from missouri and tennessee and kentucky and the great state of michigan. let me introduce you to my new friend, kyra. this is dick. welcome. i should welcome you! >> yeah, right. >> reporter: how long have you been here? >> i've been here since yesterday. flew in from detroit and got here yesterday afternoon and stayed in a motel in orlando. >> reporter: you planned for this? you got the hotel a month in advance so your grandson jacob could see this? >> i always said i wanted to see a launch and kept putting it off and being this is the last one, i said i've got to do it! so i invited my grandson to come with me. >> reporter: that is awesome. how long have you been sitting on this beach waiting? >> since 4:30 this morning. >> reporter: are you a little tired? >> a little bit but he won't let me sleep! >> reporter: i bet you won't. jacob, how do you feel about the shuttle about to be launched?
>> i think about it. it will be really exciting and it will look really good. >> reporter: do you think it will be a big boom? what do you think it's going to look like? >> i think it will be smoke coming out of it and some -- when it goes up into the clouds, i think i will get to see some parts fall down and stuff. >> reporter: it will be exciting. probably will be smoke coming out of it. why is this an important moment for you? >> well, because i've always been interested in the space program and, like i said being it's the last phase of this particular program, i wanted to be a part of it. so here i am. >> reporter: it's worth being here since 4:30 this morning. thank you. we appreciate it. everybody here keeping their fingers crossed the launch will go off at 11:26 eastern time. it will be right over there. so keep your fingers and your toes crossed for us, kyra! >> we all are, believe me, we want to see it happen, too. as carol pointed out under two hours to liftoff hopefully. our crews at kennedy space
center will keen monitoring the launch preps and the weather so stay with us for a special coverage of nasa's very last shuttle mission. president obama set to talk about the disappointing jobs news next hour. let's check in with brianna keilar. pretty bad news for the president. >> reporter: very bad news for the president. he will be in the rose garden at 10:35 a.m. eastern time. the white house announcing that he'll make remarks on the jobs numbers. actually announcing even before those numbers came out publicly at 8:30 a.m. he was going to do this. certainly a sign that we got that something was up with the numbers and, obviously, we understand it's because they are not good. 18,000 jobs the labor department says in the month of june and, of course, this isn't good for the president because the economy is the issue. it is the issue above all else and that includes going into the
2012 election and gives republicans a huge opening to criticize the president which they have already done in earnest. you have heard the white house in past months saying you can't look at the numbers, saying you need to look more at. as these numbers coming out this month for june and with may and april numbers as well being revised downward, that's a much more difficult argument to make that this isn't a trend we are seeing. kyra? >> let's switch while i have you. debt sealiceiling talks? any update there? >> reporter: staff members underneath president obama and underneath the top eight lawmakers in congress who are engaged in these discussions working furiously. another meeting at the white house on sunday and where things stand right now, under consideration is a much bigger package. the ante up from about $2 trillion in deficit savings own
ten years. instead looking at $4 trillion savings package over ten years. and no guarantee they will come to grooermt on this, although both sides saying that they certainly realize the importance of increasing the debt ceiling before august 2nd. we are talking about entitlement reform, social security and medicare and medicaid. democrats want to see tax increases and republicans don't. what is interesting the interplay on this between the job numbers and the debt talks. as soon as those poor job numbers came out this morning, republicans were saying know what? this is further proof we cannot have tax increases in these debt talks. so certainly there's an interplay between the two. >> brianna keilar, thanks. real housewives from new york and miami and beverly hills and how about from the bible? yeah, we will talk to the producer of "real housewives of the bible" next. a royal rodeo at the calgary
live now. >> the discussion in those talks turned to the other side insisting that we raise taxes. now, it just does not make sense for americans to suffer under higher taxes in an economy like this. as the speaker said, there is no way that the house of representatives will support a tax increase. >> good morning. a city of history. a lot of history is being made. unfortunately, it's the unacceptable history in this country. today marks 800 days since the senate even planned a budget, passed the budget. you look at the numbers today, unacceptable. as a small business owner and started when he was 20 years old, you look at the country today and i wonder if i would have made that same decision today if i was 20. >> we will continue to monitor the gop response there to the debt ceiling and those june
jobless rates or the june jobless rate that has ticked up and also the jobs that -- the amount of jobs rather that didn't get created like the president had hoped. we are following that live. meanwhile, take a totally different turn here. desperate housewives and basketball wives and women bickering over everything they can in their marriages. so how about some bickering of biblical proportions? >> i'm tired. when is dinner going to be ready? >> tired? i'm tired of your mistress calling and talking about child support! >> when are you going to let that go? it's been two years! this ain't about her but your insecurities to give me a child. >> i can't believe you said that to me! >> that's right. this is real housewives of the bible. it's not a reality show that
dances on the dark side of marriage but rather a show that hopes to help married couples walk in the light. ki adams produced the dvd series. thai, you say you created this after frustrated by network reality television. why were you frustrated? >> because of the volatile relationships you see on television and it gaened depict the real relationships and doesn't provide solutions or advice to get over the obstacles and challenges we have in relationships so that is how it came about. >> go ahead. >> i'm sorry. i was just looking at the clip as you all were looking at it. that was actually a depictment of abraham and sarah. abraham has a baby's mamma. he was in an adulterous affair and a child came about as a result of that. you don't have to look any farther for any drama. all you have to do is look in the bible. >> a lot of drama in the bible
and i love how you take this approach. >> yes, it is. >> i want to ask you how you picked these certain females to be your characters. let's roll another clip and then i'll have your explain. >> this house, this land. i married an absolute fool and here i sit day in and day out by myself. >> pretty powerful emotions. tell me why you chose her. >> this is abigail. a woman who is married to a fool. a beautiful woman. very smart and wise but she wasn't smart in picking or choosing the man that she married. here she is married to a fool and lonely in a marriage. there is nothing worse than being married and lonely. so we chose abigail because it depicts so many lives of so many women who are frustrated in marriages and they think that the way to get out is to actually have a divorce. but there is also solutions that the actual, the love menu, if i
can say that, the bible is so full of a wealth of information. i call it the romance love novel. and god is so concerned and so detailed about our lives, even with sex, even with romance and intimatesy. she was not even having sex with her husband. when you think about the bible, you don't think of passionate sex like oh, the bible? no, god is so engaged about our sexual relationships that he wants to be able to put an end to the 40 million marriages that are in sexless marriages. talk about the book. passionate and erotic. we show our audiences in this dvd series. >> it sounds like you're not just trying to target the christian audience but you're trying to reach the secular audience as well and say, hey, look. you know?
the bible isn't necessarily what you think it is. >> absolutely. >> it really is a lot more exciting. take a look. here is how i perceive and how i want to portray it. >> whether you are of christian faith or not, there are principles that apply to love that are pliblapplicable. god is the author of love. he wants to be able to experience that love in its debt, in the essence of it and why not better than go to the author of the manufacturer of it? so this is not simply a christian perspective if i can say that. but it's a universal language because most of us want to experience that impact, that kind of love. >> i never heard of a web-based evangelist until i met you. a fascinating approach to the show and to the bible. thanks for talking to us about it. it's actually a dvd series and you can check it out online. thanks so much, thai. >> thanks so much, kyra.
>> you bet. >> if you want to find out more, here is where you can check it out. all things religion, cnn belief blog at cnn.com/belief. coming up a royal rodeo at the calgary stampede in alberta. what do you think of will and kate in those gallon hats? how many gallons is it? i can't remember. we talk about them wrapping up their trip in canada in a minute.
checking stories across the country. talk about moonlighting. a former tsa imply accused of stealing electronics from air travelers while on duty. police say an airport employee found nelson santiago rifling through luggage and stealing an ipad. authorities say he confessed to ripping off $50,000 worth of electronics. these kids slept well in lamont, colorado. but not funny. a woman claims her three children were served alcoholic beverages monday night at chili's she ordered three fruit smoothies and served in kiddie cups loaded with tequila. the restaurant is investigating the incident. boca raton, florida. don't squeeze the bride to be because she may be wearing toilet paper formed into a wedding dress. there is a contest for this, folks. the winner taking home a thousand bucks which equals a whole lot of two-ply.
principle william and his w kate touring a medical research center and participating in an event many canadians is synonymous with calgary, the calgary stampede. max, what happened to your employ hat? i saw it yesterday! did you get a lot of flak for that? >> reporter: yeah. one day only, kyra. one day only for the employ hat. i got far too many tweets about that episode. this is going to be their first stop in l.a. the limousine is going to come up here where the beverly hilton here and come along the red carpet and they are going to come into the hotel. this is going to be their first big event here in l.a. a new major event. about promoting an area of east london they want to promote as a high-tech area of the city. a bit of a silicon valley, i guess.
then they will have a big party at the consul general's house, residence here in l.a. and you'll see a few big names there. you're going to see some big political names as we understand it. that is what they are going to do on the first day here, kyra. >> all right. and now tell us about the bull ride here. is it true, they both did it? >> well, stampede was a big success and they dressed up in these employ outfits and pulled it off better than i did it as you just suggested and they went there to the stampede events and watched the bull riding and got in a wagon and threw themselves in and doing that throughout the trip. today, they are actually going to launch the stampede parade and travel the route of the parade and there is going to be 300,000 people turning out to see them on that. it's been a great success for canada. this is how the prince summed thing up in terms of the tour. >> in 1939, my great grandmother
queen elizabeth the queen mother said of her first tour of canada with her husband george the vi. canada made us. catherine and i now know very much what she meant. >> reporter: he is effectively saying, i think, kyra, this is a historic visit for them. it's a bit of history. it's what the queen mother's trip was to her. it was a really big deal for her and it's a big deal for them. >> max, thanks. they will be headed to los angeles now and we will follow the rest of that trip. a day after a bombshell that the british paper was going to fold, news of the world former editor arrested in connection with the huge hacking scandal. more on the fallout next.
london police have arrested the former editor of "news of the world" the british tabloid accused of breaking into people's voice mail accounts and bribing cops for scoops. the former editor is also the former communications chief for prime minister david cameron. he had a news conference this morning and cameron promised full investigations into all of this, and then tore into the tabloid over one hack in particular. >> i cannot think what was going through the minds of the people who did this. though they can hack into anyone's phone is disgraceful, but to hack into the phone of a young girl missing from the parents who was later found to
be murdered is truly despicable. >> well, believe it or not, that is one of the nicer things that people had to say about "news of the world" over the years. richard quest looks back at the tabloid's history, hits and misses. >> reporter: it was in 1843 that the first "news of the world" rolled off of the presses. it was the cheapest cheapest paper of the time, and it was aimed directly at the working classes. before long, the british paper had established itself as the most widely read sunday paper. eventually reaching sales of around 2.5 million copies each week. fast forward to 1969, and the paper changes hands. rupert murdoch becomes their new owner, and the "news of the world" is murdoch's first fleet street folly. for the years that followed the newspaper built a reputation on hard-hitting exclusives.
hugely exposing the embarrassments of politicians. prince harry, age 16, was one of the many to be exposed. and then there was david beckham who was exposed as an adulter when he was uncovered with the secret affair with his personal assistant. in 2005, the paper published a mundane story about prince william injuring his knee, and it was another exclusive for the "news of the world" making the reputation of getting the scoop. royal officials realized that the story only could have been sourced by the illegal interception of prince william's mobile phone voice mail, and right there began the chain of events, allegations and scandal that enveloped members of the royal family, celebrities, politicians and now murder and bomb victims. richard quest, cnn, london.
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permitting space shuttle "atlantis" set to lift off from kennedy space center. stick around for the coverage. and later tonight, will and kate will arrive in los angeles. on wall street, it is all about jobs today. a devastating report released last hour showing that 18,000 positions were added last month, and we have alison kosik now joining us from wall street. and wall street is open for business and how are the stocks looking? >> well, initially we saw the stocks tank 100 points and now recovered with the dow down 87 points, but i will tell you that when the report came out, kyra, we heard the traders on the floor here gasp, and they were stunned. 18,000 jobs added to the e e coy in june, and worse than that, that may number we were shocked about was worse than first thought, because we first thought that 54,000 jobs were added, but it is lowered to 25,000, and that shows that may wasn't that one-time blip, that we could be in for a tough haul ahead, kyra. >> well, there is a lot of fine
print in the report as well. is there anything good at all in there? >> okay. so i was looking really closely, and i will be honest with you, that there is not much good in there, and there is one good thing, hey, look, it is not as bad as last year. take a look. back in june of 2010, we lost 192,000 jobs, and even at one point in year we gained some momentum, and you know, adding jobs from january, february, march, and april. but, you know what is to be honest with you the bad news with the report is overwhelming. 18,000 jobs added to the economy and it is just not good enough to get this recovery moving, to get a move on this recovery. we need to see 150,000, 200,000 jobs added just to keep up with the population growth. we also found out that average working hours fell, so those with jobs are working fewer hours and making less money, and to boot one more bad thing, and why not? the average hourly earnings for
all of us also fell. so not much redeeming in the report, kyra. >> all right. >> sorry. >> in the five seconds or less, anybody watching the shuttle coverage there at the new york stock exchange and any tvs switched over to cnn to watch? >> yes, i see the cnn tvs on down there, yes. >> perfect. well, that does it for us. cnn's special coverage for the shuttle "atlantis" launch starts shuttle "atlantis" launch starts right now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com good morning, i'm anderson cooper on launch pad 9-a, and the crew of "atlantis" are prepared for liftoff an hour from now, and sts-135 will be the last liftoff for nasa. the 135th mission, but as we celebrate the historic launch, let's look at how we got here. "atlantis" and the crew of four are ready to make history minutes from now with the last liftoff of a u.s. space shuttle.
>> it will be at this moment when it is finally over that you will be able to exhale, take a breath, understand the significance of the moment. >> reporter: but americans have been fascinated with space exploration for decades. >> i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon. >> reporter: the first generation of astronauts became our national heroes. >> one giant leap for mankind. >> reporter: and the mission that followed broke down barriers on earth and beyond. nasa made the unimaginable happen before our very eyes. >> four return attempts and not reporting any ref at this time. >> reporter: and battles of red tape and unspeakable tragedy may have marred the program, but americans feel pride and patriotism when we hear the count down. zero and lift off. >> i hope to become an astron t astronaut. >> reporter: and hope that will not hopefully end after this, the final launch.
and we will talk about what the future holds for the u.s. space program in our program this morning, but in the next hour, the excitement is building toward liftoff and i have to elle the you it is very exciting here with as many as a million people are gathered to have watched this liftoff in person. they want to see history happening and the last space shuttle launching off. we have also learned that president obama will be making a statement at some point within this next hour. we of course will bring that to you live. that is going to be from the rose garden on this morning's jobs report, and we will carry that live when it happens. i want to bring in my colleague john zarrella who has covered a lot. how many for you? >> between 75 and 80 launches. >> but this one, historic is the most overused word today, so we will try to avoid using it, but this is it. it is the final launch and this crew, the final four. >> well, 30 years they have been
flying shuttles, and my boys have known nothing but space shuttles as many people have out here. >> what is going on right now, because we see the countdown clock behind us. >> there is a hold, and that is not the real time. >> and you see 28 minutes, but don't think that is happening in 28 minutes. >> they take it down to 20 and stop, and then down to 9 and stop, and built in holds to go over things to make sure it is going over things. and we heard right now that the shuttle aircraft is flying overhead, and checking the weather, and what is the issue is the cloud cover we saw. and in 1988 the first flight after the "challenger" accident, the weather was like this, and the sky opened up and they got "discovery" off of the ground. >> and last night they said 70% chance of canceled, but it looks like the sky is clear right now, and it is no raining. >> they have a shot, and that is why the countdown. the four astronauts are waiting. >> and they fueled up at 2:00
a.m. >> yes, because it takes about 10 hours to get the liquid oxygen in and they did have to change out a liquid oxygen pump, and that is done, and the weather is beautiful shape, and we will check on that. >> and ed lavandara is at mission control in houston, and at this point, ed, a go? >> sounds like it. the officials here in nasa officials here that are in charge of -- >> can you hear me? >> yes, anderson, can you hear me? >> i got you. sorry. >> this is mission control and we will take you down into the middle bank that you can see there with the gentleman and the dark hair there with the back to us is richard jones who is the flight director and the man making the call on whether or not "atlantis" lifts off. it has been a calm morning here, and we have seen a lot of the folks monitoring the satellite images they are getting of the weather in the area, and a lot
of smiles in the room. very laid back. they have been here for many hours monitoring all of the data coming in, and making sure that everything is what needs to be in place to make all of this happen. so, this is mission control once that "atlantis" is up in space. they will be manned 24/7, and this is an emotional moem aal m the folks here in houston who have been a part of the space shuttle program for all three decades. some of the people in the room will be losing jobs after this space shuttle program ends. there are a lot of people watching this closely. an emotional moment, but their number one goal right here today is making sure that "atlantis" gets up safely and that the crew gets up safely and returns back to earth safely, so it is not a moment to focus for them on what is going on with the space shuttle program, and how emotional this moment will be, but you can imagine when "atlantis" returns safely back to earth, it will be emotional moment for the people working in this room to get "atlantis" off
of the ground. >> and there are four people aboard "atlantis" this morning, and that is a small crew, and normally more than that, but no space walks on this one, because of four people, but remember, there are thousands of people standing behind the four astronauts and thousands of people working for years to make this a reality, and many of them will be losing their job and this is affecting the surrounding areas around here in florida around the kennedy space center. let's check in with chad myers at the kennedy space center at the visitor complex, and chad, the weather seems to be holding, seems to be holding at this point. okay. we are obviously having audio problems with him. and over to carol costello over to port canaveral where people have gathered to watch the viewing, and carol, some reports of a million people gathered. what is the mood like there? >> it is joyous, anderson.
i know it is an emotional day for nasa, but people could not be happier here. i'm off of 528 on a patch of land in port canaveral, but what a view. take a look. over my shoulder, you can actually see, or at least i can the space shuttle, itself, and it is a tiny thing in the distance, but when takes off, you will see the bright lights and the rumbling of the ground, but what makes this spot is so exciting is that the amateur radio guys have a line hooked into mission control so that the people here can hear the countdown from nasa and they will pipe it out to the crowd. and the crowd just loves it. [ cheers ] and anderson, people from all over the world are here, and i have talked to people from missouri, kentucky and some people from canada here who have been camped out on the beach for a couple of days now. they arrived three days ago and
scoped out the area, and have this spot. they have been sitting on beach chairs on the water line there for 48 hours now. so they are ready for the launch to go off. i was so excited to hear from chad meyers to share with the crowd good news, because believe me, anderson, they want that thing to take off this afternoon. >> yeah, i can tell you that everybody here certainly wants to see that, and people around the world want to see that. carol, appreciate that, and we will check in with chad as soon as the audio is fixed. right now the nasa test director is doing final briefings with the launch team. they enter a ten-minute hold at t-minus 20, and the countdown resumes at 21 past the hour, and the computers on board switch to launch mode, and when we get to 32 past the hour, and you will see the countdown clock stop at t-minus nine minutes and that will happen as the teams make the final go-no-go decisions, and right now it seems to go,
and at 11:17 eastern, the countdown resumes at t-9, and then the access arm will retract, and more systems power up including the auxiliary power units, and that is the launch scheduled for 11:26 a.m. this hour. we have much more ahead in the next two hours of the future of the past and the future of nasa space program. we will be right back from kennedy space center in a moment. november 4th, 1957, the soviet union launches the first satellite orbit into space, sputnik. russia is seen as a threat to america, and the u.s. forms its own space program. a year later, nasa is born. and that's another cnn top moment in space. my mother made the best toffee in the world. it's delicious. so now we've turned her toffee into a business.
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>> welcome back to the continuing coverage of the historic last launch of the space shuttle. the space shuttle "atlantis," and we are here with the cnn's john sa rel low and honored to have astronaut katy coleman was, and joining us on the phone is nasa administrator john bolden who has called into us now.
and administrator bolden, everything looks good, yes? >> well, it is looking much better than it has all morning. so we are excited about getting off today. >> for you, what is this day like? >> you know, like any other launch date, but it is not. it is a very special day, and it is the last flight of "atlantis" which is where i flew my last flight, and it is the joyous day, because it is the day of which we begin the next era of where we have been, and stand up with a commercial industry to -- have astronauts to the international space station. >> it is very difficult to hear the administratoadministrator. and katy, what about you for you knowing that this is the final launch? >> well, every launch with
people aboard is a big leap for people in it, and for that, it is a big day for the launch of the shuttle. because it is a last one, it makes us reflect on why do we want to hold on and stop time and not let this happen? well, it is because of what the shuttle has brought. people going to space is considered a bit normal now. >> that is what is extraordinary, and john, you have cover sod many of these, and this is a workhorse, this shuttle, and all of the missions that the shuttle has flown and it has become routine, but it is anything but routine, and the technology required to do this and the man hours and the work hours is extraordinary. >> it is complicated and yet, when it goes, it goes. i trust the people who do that work. when i am sitting on top of the shuttle, i feel as safe as i could feel, and yet it is a risky business. >> we had the administrator on and charlie told me when i interviewed him a couple of weeks ago that one of the greatest accomplishments of the
shuttle program in mhis mind is that it was a great social machine that it allowed women to fly. it allowed people of color the fly. it allowed people from 16 different nations to fly. before the shuttle program, not a single woman or person of color had flown, you know, in the u.s. vehicle, and that charlie said was one of the great accomplishments of the shuttle program, and i think it is. >> as you said so many firsts, first woman in space, and first african-american in space, and first african-american woman in space. and for you, what is the moment you will remember most from the shuttles? >> well, you know, just i think that for a person to go to space, you know, actually for me, you think it is never actually going to happen to, you and when i was up in space, and just getting to look out of the window the first time and it happened to be new england where i'm from and that imagine and realizing you have worked so long to be in this place and you
are inside of the spaceship and you have great jobs to do, but this is where you as a person really are is in space, and to me, that is a great memory. >> katy will stick around with us, and we are expecting president obama to speak about the jobs numbers that are just out, and that will be happening momentarily at the white house, and brooke baldwin is standing by at the visitor complex, and brooke, there is hugep excitement building here, and there has to be huge excitement there as well. >> yes, anderson. this excitement is palpable, and here is how the conversation goes, is where are you from, and what state, country? and what do you know about the launch? is it going off at 11:26, and as you have been reporting fingers crossed, it will. and the department of tourism is estimating 1 million people down here watching the final launch of the space shuttle "atlantis," and they are anticipating
thousands of people here and numbers of lawns with people sitting there in the lawn chairs looking up at the sky, waiting for that shuttle to go off. one interesting fact about this location, you see the mock-up shuttle over my shoulder, and in two years and $100 million later, that is where, if you want to come see the actual "atlantis" space shutting, it is going to be sitting here as part of the tourism industry. they are hoping that folks will continue to come down here, and one final note in talking to the nasa employees a couple of days ago, the significance of the date, july 8th, and add 12 days to the mission, and they will land july 20th, and look back, july 20th, 1969, that is the "apollo 11" lunar landing and some significance with that date, july 20th. anderson, back over to you. >> we will check back with you, brooke. and prior to this amount of time for the launch and still questions of the weather floating through the air, what is going through the mindf of
the astronaut and you are boarded and suited up, and what is going to go through your mind? >> well, it depends on the crew. there are a few mipeople singin. i flew with an italian and people were singing. people are focused on the mission. >> are you nervous? because this crew like yourself have flown many times and incredibly experienced and spent a lot of time in space. >> you have made your decision whether you want to be sitting on that rocket long before you arep strapped in. so everybody is pretty ready to be there. for me, my last mission on the shuttle was to launch the x-ray observatory and i was the lead specialist to lead that deploy and i was running through the procedures in my head to make sure when we are suddenly up in space 8 1/2 minutes later after launch, life changes, and it is bewildering, because the senses are interpreting a lot of strange things going on and floating, and i wanted to make sure i understood exactly how it
would proceed. >> and i talked to bob cabana who is the head of the space center, and he flew twice on discovery and "endeavour," and he told me, while we were sitting in "discovery" a couple of weeks ago he said he fell asleep and he actually took a nap there. >> i was going to admit -- >> well, you fell asleep as well? >> well, on purpose, because i'm somebody, ten minutes, and i'm a new person, and i had a big job and seven hours and 17 minutes after liftoff, so as a mission specialist, i was down on the deck and i don't have a job unless something happens, and the best use of my time was to get ready for orbit. >> and calm, cool, and collected. one more question before we go to the break, do you feel the power of the rocket when it is launching, and sometimes on the airplane, you don't feel the power of the machine. >> absolutely. it is just overwhelmping an huge, and you think that after
once you would be ready for it the next time, and it is just, you know, i have a bad example that i like to use, but it is a movie called "speed ii" and there was a huge cruise ship that is sailing and not stop, and this is so much faster and powerful and once you leave the pad, you realize, you not stopping until you reach space. >> and this is so much better than "speed two." we will call roger ebert. and so from nixon to reagan tom obama, every president has made a mark on the space program. we will look at that. >> i believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal before this decade is out of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. >> standby. up next, the presidential historian david brinkley joins
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megared softgels are small and easy to swallow with no fishy smell or aftertaste. try megared today. and welcome back to the kennedy space center where we are awaiting the launch of the "atlantis," the final mission, the final four astronauts flying off into space. let's check in with chad meyers to see if the weather is going to hold. chad is at the space center c e complex, and chad, it looks like the sun is peeking out a little bit? >> well, it is trying. as over9:54 though, the last update from nasa, it was still a code red no-go because of weather, because of the clouds above the flight right now still too thick. but let me show you what is coming. a much thinner cloud deck and you can see the blue sky through here, and you can begin to see the shadows through here, and as the cloud deck begins to move
over the launch site, the clouds will get thicker and the no-go to turn to go and conditions turn to red just in time. i am telling you through the morning, we were no-go the whole morning and yesterday with the rain, we were of course no-go, but today and this afternoon, it is looking better and better every minute with this sunshine coming out, anderson. >> better get the sun block there, chad. we will continue to check with you in the two hours of coverage. i want to bring in presidential historian doug brinkley who is in austin this morning. you are obviously a presidential historian and covered the space program for a long time, and you are writing the definitive biography of walter cronkite who covered the space program for a long time. there is a lot to talk about this morning, and take us back to the late 1950s and early '60s for president kennedy to vow to get a man to the moon and i was not until i researched this, it
was richard nixon who first talked a tbt space shuttle. >> yes, in the 1950s and 1957, a panic struck the united states, because the soviet union put up a sputnik satellite and we thought we were losing the race to russia in the cold war, and so we created nasa, and it started to build, and we had late failed attempts by the 1950s, but by the time president kennedy came in, he prioritized nasa and said in '61, we will put a man on the moon at the end of the decade, and he gave it a time slot. that made everybody work quickly, and you started to get the historic launch where is the whole nation would watch with tv and that was a new thing, because live coverage of allan sheppard and by 1962, john glenn's sub-orbit of earth dominated national consciousness, and nasa became america's favorite pastime, and even in the civil rights problem
problems and the vietnam war, people would rally together around their tv set to pull for "mercury", "gemini," and "apollo." >> what does the end of the program mean for the space program and also for american innovation? do you think that the united states will fall behind other countries in terms of space, and where does the next great challenge lie? >> well, because as i mentioned this is the united states versus the soviet union in space, and we won the cold war, the united states, you are seeing a lot more international focus, a lot more sharing between the united states and russia, france, israel, and other countries that are interested in space. one of the problems that i think that -- >> well, right, but from now on, doug, the fact that nasa will pay russia in order to get astronauts on to the international space station. >> yeah, exactly. that is the new game. you know, when we went to the
moon, and with apollo 11 and put the flag on, some people thought it should have been a u.n. flag and by putting the american flag on the moon, it was triumphantism, and particularly in an era of the vietnam war, and we did do the american flag, and in the future with mars exploration which is so expensive it has to be done from a global perspective with seven or eight of the world's largest countries pitching in, and the bottom line is that as you know covering the politics the money is not there, and that is a lot of the reasons why the shuttle program after 135 missions is being stopped. remember, 135 space shuttle, and we can count the apollo missions on our hands, and it has been part of the problem that nasa has had for public relations, when you do so many missions so well, you start to lose a lot of the public interest. today, the shuttle that we are getting to watch this final historic moment is not on page 1 of "the new york times," but
page 12. during "apollo" each mission was front page news everyday. >> and walter cronkite covered each one and you are writing a bio about him, and what surprises you most about -- i mean, did he always love space from the time he was a kid? >> well, when he was a little boy growing up in kansas city, he got very interested in aviation, and during world war ii, he actually flew with the 8th air force in a bombing raid over germany, and he was the united press report reporter, a claimed as a beat military aviation. and when edward r. murrow went after mccarthy, there was a great deal of tension there, and cronkite had three babies to feed, and the father of three kids so he positioned himself into the pro-space advocacy, and he would come down the cape canaveral back then and there was only one motel owned by a holocaust survivor from
auschwitz in what became one of cronkite's best friends and he would sit there and do what we are doing is wait, wait, wait, and wait for the blastoff. and what distinguished walt eer cronkite in space he would wait when i read it on transcripts but he would say, oh, boy. i can't believe it is happening. he had boyish enthusiasm about nasa, and people felt it watching at home. in fact, in 1980s, anderson, he has lobbied and i have seen the documents to lobby nasa to go on the space shuttle, and he was determined to be the first journalist in space. then you have in the blow-up of the "challenger" and nasa had to reconfigure how to put civilians in space, and when john glenn put back into space the second
time, walter cronkite was deemed to old, and nasa would not let him take part in the space shuttle program. >> such a remarkable man and part of american history, and doug, thank you for being with us this morning and i know you will be watching as well as we will. and talk to anybody who is connected for the space program 2011, and they will tell you that the change is for the better, but it came after a terrible price after the tragedies. >> april 24th, 1990, nasa launches the hubbel space telescope and orbiting the earth, it sends back pictures of galaxies and planets to help our understanding of the universe making it another one of cnn's "tau "top moments in space." >> announcer: this past year alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones,
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the same fate when on reentry, a piece of foam burned. why talk about the tragic moments on this day? because they changed the way, those incidents and those tragedies changed the way that nasa works and the lives of nasa employees forever. i want to bring in my colleague john zarrella, and cati eshe an also senator bill nelson with us. what did it mean to you? >> well, it was the end of two horrific tragedies. our flight was "challenger" 1986, and human mistakes of communication is what caused both space shuttles to be destr destroyed, but they have all of that worked out. it is an incredible flying machine, but it is being shutdown because after
"columbia's" destruction the investigation board said to build a safer rocket that can replace the space shuttle, fly the space shuttle as long as you have to build the space station, and that's what this mission today carrying up cargo will complete that process. >> it seems like when you talk about the future of the space program, we are looking at a bunch of different things, and in terms of manned space flights, there's a lot in doubt about what the future really holds that talked about going for orbiting an asteroid or talked about perhaps going to mars some day, but the technology at this point doesn't really exist for, that and how concerned are you about what happens in the interim? >> well, i'm concerned, when the house of representatives have just whacked nasa, and you can't keep the program going leek that, but we have a clear path forward. we have the nasa wall in place, and two new lines of rockets. one that goes to and from the
space station, and another that is the big rocket that will take us eventually to goal, which is mars. and there are technologies that we will have to develop. and that's all a part of exploration. >> in terms of unmanned space flight, the path is much clearer. i mean, there is a number of things that are going to be happening in the next year for unmanned space flights. >> yes, that is true. there is a tendency to just because of this particular kind of vehicle that the fleet of the space shuttles is not going to be flying, but space flight is over when so far from true. right now, as we speak, there are six people living on the international space station. actually listening to cnn as we speak, at least when i was up there a month ago and we would watch the launches, and we end upstreaming cnn or the nasa channel. >> on the international space station. >> yes. >> that is cool. >> and we can't do it all of the time, but when there is a certain kind of communication
pass, we can get it, and we like to get the news up there as well and it is nice way to check in on the progress of the mission. so we would stream cnn. >> and right now, we look at mission control, and what is the mood like in there at a time like this? >> well, i say there is the station mission control, and looks like they are talking about stuff, and probably the readiness of the arrival of the space shuttle. there is a lot that has to happen on the station to make everything ready so their mission can happen efficiently. >> and it seems so calm, because right before the broadcast on cnn, it is a nightmare and people are screaming and yelling, and this is so orderly, and one time katy said she fell asleep before a mission. >> yes. but these guys, they are all business and they have a ten-minute window, and remember, we are the most delayed flight ever. four scrubs on the pad, and at
one point we were cracking jokes. >> and the administrator charlie bolden was on your flight. >> yes, the pilot. and one of the best work i ever did was to convince the president to make charlie the head of nasa. >> when you went off, katy said it is unlike anything else. you really feel the power of that rocket. was it really -- >> well, when those solid rockets light off at t-0, and you have million pounds of thrust underneath you, you know you are going someplace, but you hope it is straight up. >> you say the elephant? >> but it is like the gorilla on the chest, and i don't know what that feels like, but it is smooshed in this area. >> i did have that happen and it was not pleasant, and this sounds more pleasant. as we continue to wait for the president to speak about jobs,
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t-10 and minus five, minus 4 and we have main engine start. we have main engine start. blast off of america's first space shuttle and the shuttle has cleared the tower. wow. >> an amazing, amazing site no matter how many times you have seen it, and we are anticipate weg will see it coming up around 11:30 or so. the countdown clock right now is in a holding pattern at t-9 minutes again, and that is a hold that ignore the nine minutes on there, because the weather is a green for go, which means that the weather is good enough for a launch right now, and right now, let's check in
with ed lavandara at mission control. >> hi, anderson. it is interesting here at mission control at the johnson space center in houston and the last few minutes from the perch overlooking the guys working mission control and the intensity level is rising, there and they are calm, but a lot of the guys, and to give you a sense of what we are looking at, the guys in the back two rows here will focus on the front row, and you will see two gentlemen there, and one guy tony there, and then the gentleman with the dark hair richard jones is the flight d k director and the man who will make the desession. they have been standing up for the last few minutes, and a lot of consulting going on and we are told that they are going over the flight rules and what will happen, and what different scenarios might play out here within the next hour. they are going over a lot of that, and we were able to listen to the conversations they have, and they were talking to each other a moment ago and went around the room to check all of the systems on the space shuttle to make sure that everything is where it should be, and we kept hearing, we are a go, we are a go, and right around the room, but the focus is the weather.
we have heard richard jones talking to the people who are mon monitoring the weather, and they are concerned about storms popping up to the southwest of the kennedy space center there, and the launch site. so that is where they are focusing at lo t lolot of atten getting updates right there in the room, and it is fascinating to watch, anderson, because the intensity level is picking up for these folks as we get closer and closer to launch time. you can see that the conversations they are having picking up and talking about what is transpiring going on down here over the course of the next hour. >> ed, we will continue to check in with you. i'm joined here on set by cnn's john zarrella who has covered many dozens of launches at this point, and katy coleman and senator bill nelson who has also been up in space. as you said your flight was delayed multiple times, and what is that like, all of the anticipation, and then, sud len
-- suddenly, a hold. what is that like? >> well, a old hat climbing into the orbiter, and as a matter of fa fact, one of the jokes, and the crew members, steve holly felt like he was the jinx, and so the fifth try when we actually launched, he put a disguise on so that the orbiter wouldn't know it was him. >> i flew with steve, too. >> and you know, these folks, these professional astronauts are so terrific, and they have such a terrific sense of humor and you think about it, anderson, it is therapeutic, and at love t lot the edge of it m time, and the humor helps to reduce the humor. >> and the four astronauts are all incredibly experienced. >> yes. absolutely. sandy has lived on the space station which makes her a really valuable asset for the mission when they have a lot to do in delivering a lot of supplies to the space station. it does not help to deliver
supplies but you don't put them in the place where they are supposed to. >> she is the master? >> the payload master. >> it is equipment they are bringing up and bringing back down used equipment. >> and sometimes something failed unexpectedly, and it helps us to understand how they failed and how to build them better. >> how long were you up there? >> six months. >> from the pictures i have seen, it looks like a nightmare to me, and looks small and miserable, and you say it is amazing. >> well, it is a carefully held secret, but the reality is that it is amazing. >> really? >> it is huge, and as big as the inside of a 747 if you added up all of the volume. >> it does not come off that way. >> and they have more space in three dimensions than if you were walking around, because we are flying around and not just floating, but flying. there is a japanese experiment module, and columbus is the
european module, and the place where there are nodes, and one of the last missions brought up the alpha megtronics, and then they also brought up a basically huge closet that we needed. >> so you went nup in the soyez and that is the mission that nasa is going to be paying to go up in soyez. >> well, we have all of the power and the data and the spare parts that we need to do a lot of good work that can't be done down here, so it is an exciting time for the space station and they will be happy to get what "atlantis" is bringing today. >> and i want to talk about the dawn spacecraft is going to go around an asteroid later in the month, and the mars rover is
launching in the end of the year. >> that is a big one, the mars rover, because it is the size of a volkswagen and enormous rover with all kinds off science capability, and it makes the old pathfinder which is about this big really dwarfs those. >> and do you worry, senator nelson, as someone who represents florida and a huge economic impact of the people in florida for this program continuing that without a clear, i mean, the mission is mars, but without the technology at this point, and the ability at this point to get to mars, that congress will continue to continue to de-fund space programs? >> because of the economy is the big fear that the need to cutback this huge deficit and how are you going to allocate those cuts. now, i think that the senate will restore a lot of the cuts that the house of representatives did, but no doubt, we don't have a cold war with a mortal enemy, the soviet
union, that we are trying to beat to the moon, and so you don't have that incentive, but anderson, you asked the question of any american, do you think that we ought to have a vigorous, successful space program, and you will get a very affirmative answer. >> and president obama has said that he wants nasa to focus on the bigger picture things, and longer range things like mars ands a stro asteroids and let cl flights deal with the near-earth orbit. >> that is the two lines of rockets the space taxi to and from the space station, and then the big rocket to let nasa do what nasa ought to be doing is to get out of the earth orbit and go explore the cosmos, and that is what we are going to do. >> a lot ahead, and carol costello is over at a beach near the center at port canaveral, and carol, good news that the weather is a green, and the
weather is a go, which is good news for the folks waiting an awfully long time. >> anderson, they have been waiting an awfully long time, and they have come from far and wide and from all over the country. i met some people here from new zealand and australia who came here to port canaveral just to see this last shuttle launch. let's talk to some of my friends from canada. this is steve and his son, adam, and you have been here since 1:00 a.m. eastern this morning and why? >> i could not miss the last shuttle launch. i have wanted to see one for years and i could not miss it. >> reporter: why didn't you come before? >> family, work, and it just -- >> reporter: i ask you this, because this is the kind of thing that nasa would have wanted to see through the history of the space shuttle and yet here you are for the first time and the last time. >> well, it takes a big commitment to get here and 22 hours of driving to come here, so, you know, with the family it is hard to make that time sometimes. >> reporter: i can understand
that. adam, if this thing launches, and we believe it will so far, what do you expect it to be like? >> i don't know. i have seen too many space movies and my expectations are high. >> reporter: it will be fantastic, i'm sure. i want to come over here to talk to my friend from st. louis, because i pose to you a question, that you are here to watch this final historic launch of the shuttle, and there has been a criticism of nasa, and spending all of the tax dollars to do the missions, and no one understands why the missions are going up, is it worth it for you as a taxpayer to witness this in all of the money it takes? >> i think it must be, because this is the fifth time i have tried to see the shuttle launch and i have only seen one. i am biased and when people look at the numbers and they think it is costs a lot, but nasa's budget is less than one percent of the federal budget, and all of the plans for nasa to do with
the shuttle based on orion to do a possible asteroid mission in the long run, that is going to be important. >> reporter: and so president obama says that nasa needs to change direction, that is okay by you? >> yes, something that has gone back to the bush administration, so there is a lot of bipartisan support for changing the basic way that nasa does things. >> reporter: okay. we are hope nag the shing that goes off, and we have the fingers and the toes crossed and hoping that everything goes as planned, because people told me yesterday that 1 million people were going to invade the area, and i did not believe them, but boy, i believe it now. >> well, we actually left at 6:00 a.m. from the inn where we were staying which is five or six miles from here, because the traffic, and we knew the traffic would be thick and it was thick. it took us quite a while to get here and a lot of excitement here and people selling t-shirts on the sidef of the road. i am hoping that they are discounted on the way back.
i am thinking that i'm clever for doing that. our coverage continues. sounds good. 11:26 is when the launch is supposed to occur, and again, it may be a nail-biter and down to the last minute before we know whether or not this is going to be the launch today. let's keep our fingers crossed. more from the excited families gathered at the visiting complex here. and waiting for president obama to speak live from the rose garden and we will bring that live to you when we continue. july 20th, 1969 -- >> it is one small step for man -- >> reporter: and for the first time in history, humans walk on the moon, and astronauts neil armstrong and buzz aldrin collect 20,000 pounds of moon rock as michael collins flies the shuttle around the moon as president kennedy's goal of reaching the moon before the soviet union is accomplished. a cnn "top moment in space." wherever, whenever you want.
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mission of the space shuttle and getting word that mission control is no-go, and this is going back and forth because we got a green that weather was fine, but right now mission control is no-go, and the launch is scheduled for 11:26, and we are anticipating president obama soon to appear in the rose garden to speak about jobs. we will bring that to you live. at this point, when you hear the mission control saying no-go, what does that mean katy coleman? >> well, for this case, it means the weather, and there are certain criteria to be met for all of the systems to be met for launch and if any one of them does not go, we are waiting. there is usually a specific pass they are going down to solve the problems and explain to the flight director in what time frame are they solvable and what is the plan. >> it is not meaning that the mission is no-go, but that the weather is not possible. >> right. and they are proceeding on track as if the weather is go, but right now, it is no-go for weather. >> and the astro, rick, is flying in the space shuttle
aircraft and he is doing real time look above aloft to gauge what the situation is, and the height of the cloud decks and the thickness of the clouds and all of that plays into whether they can launch. >> if they don't launch today at 11:26, can they launch tomorrow? >> physically they could, but it would be harder, and the mission management team has made a decision with all of the crowds that came to see this launch today, the folks that have to work after the launch that doesn't happen, those folks have to get home, and they have to get some sleep and come back and actually, because of the extra crowds, the workforce really can't get in and out fast enough. >> that is interesting, because so many people, estimated 1 million people, the workers here actually physically will be delayed getting home, and so they have decided they won't do the launch saturday fit does not launch today, so that the crowds do affect them? >> well, i would say it affects them, but it is not the primary driver and basically three days of a launch window here, and they had to focus on two, and
that is one factor that contributed. >> so when is the next day they would go for? >> sunday morning. and everyday, it is 20 minutes earlier, so 40 minutes earlier than 11:26. >> and even is hoping that it will happen today at 11:26, and the clock is ticking, and we are waiting for president obama to speak on the jobs numbers that came out today. let's quickly check in with brooke baldwin who is at the kennedy space center visitor complex. >> yes, anderson. i know you are hearing a possible no-go and this is the final space shuttle launch here, and we are hoping to send more astronauts up in space. take a look at me next to me, because i may have found a few waiting in the wings. let me introduce them, because they are david, jay, both of whom are 4, kindergartners who are aspiring astronauts, and cade came in, and high five for the commander suit, buddy. why do you like space so much, bud? >> because, like, i never been there